Victim of a Sex Scandal

The purpose I am contacting you is to share a personal story that I experienced in 2016 that shows the importance of vulnerability and gives hope to the many who have lived through a similar experience. To make a long story short, I got affiliated with a popular cult in Germany and was raped by the leader.

My name is Miles Witt and I am not the typical person who would fall into the category of  victims of rape.  As a 6’5 rugby player, I have felt very shameful about my experience because what can be more damaging to my masculinity?  I suppressed my trauma by ignoring it’s existence for about a year until a lady named Nicole Braddock Bromley came to my College as a guest speaker and did a 2 day workshop based off of her life story and book, Hush.  The book was about sexual abuse and reaching out to those who have been abused. The core message was how vulnerability is the best medicine for life traumas, especially sexual abuse.

The organization known as Bhakti Marga is led by the famous mahamandaleshwar Swami Vishwananda.  His movement is very similar to Osho if you are familiar with the mini Netflix series Wild, Wild Country.  There are a lot of parallels between that show and Bhakti Marga.  His message seems powerful and moving, but what is coexisting amongst his “love and light” teaching is very sickening.  I am fed up with hiding this from the world, and everyone at the very least deserves to know what is happening.

The beginning of me finding Vishwananda was ironically a result of one of the best decisions I have made in my life, becoming sober.  I was an alcoholic, but also regularly using heavy drugs; cocaine, LSD and MDMA… I was so addicted it became a lifestyle and crutch to lean on for the pain I endured through my childhood. After I stopped using, I started searching.  I was unsure what I was searching for, but I looked hard! It all began with yoga which then led to meditation.  As I grew to grasp a liking to this new hobby, I reached out to family friends, which eventually pointed me in the direction of the US country coordinator of Bhakti Marga. It is insane how something so dark can be right in our backyard. Within 3 months of getting sober and then hearing about a spiritual teacher, Swami Vishwananda, I decided to fly over to Germany because I honestly had nothing to lose.

At first, Vishwananda was so nice, personable, and bright. He treated me very kindly by inviting me to his ‘bungalow’ for dinner very frequently. He gave me a lot of words of encouragement, and was really pulling me to stay. From my understanding, this doesn’t happen to everyone right off the bat, but when it does, they seem to be young males. In hindsight, the scenes at the bungalow were very patriarchal; there was never a woman at the lunch or dinner table with us, only males.

One key aspect of this story that I cannot emphasize enough is the extent of which people who live in the ashram believe Vishwananda is God. I was told stories of him healing, bringing people back to life, manifesting statues out of his chest, and the list goes on and on. He knows everything you are thinking. Followers believe Vishwananda is the incarnation of Krishna, Christ, Buddha, and then some. He. Is. God!

Before I knew it, I went through the initiation process for this cult which included spiritual ceremonies and being branded on both of my shoulders.  I would like to make it clear that it was completely my choice on becoming initiated, and I truly believed by doing this I would be saved and protected by God himself.

Here is a brief description of what it was like during the moment without being graphic.

One evening during dinner, Vishwananda was demanding a few people to leave at a time. The next thing I know it is just him and I. He then brought me back to his room claiming he wanted to show me something.  He went to the bathroom and came back only wearing a bathrobe. He put his hand over my head, murmured a ‘blessing’ in a different language, then claimed that I now can “touch him everywhere”. He was very insistent on where he wanted to be touched and at this point, I was so fearful of not doing as God wishes, I must. He then turned me around and had his way. Never have I been sexually attracted to a man nor wish this to become true. I was brainwashed and manipulated. So, out of fear I did not protest against God himself.

On the flip side, people within the organization would say, “everything he does is for the betterment of you, even if it is inappropriate.”

After doing some research, I found there to be a huge fall that occurred in 2008 all due to his sexual relations with his so to be ‘celibate devotees’.  Once it went public amongst the Organization, Vishwananda released all of his followers to leave if they wished.  What does not add up is that there never came to be any legal action done, which I am unsure on the reasoning.  And for those who stayed through that time now know and accept what Vishwananda does with his devotees.  These followers are perceived as ones who show ‘true devotion’ towards the master (I will leave links on the bottom with a brief description of the blogs/experiences other people have gone through as well.)

My story is raw, real and has a way of relating to those who have gone through some horrific experiences in life.  And by putting it on a stage that is so widely heard, I think it would make it possible to stop this from happening to others in the future.

Author: Cult Survivor


13 thoughts on “Victim of a Sex Scandal”

  1. Thanks for sharing… It has make me feel careful about this. I am a born Hindu and this is NOT what it is about. I hate these gurus that seems to abuse their power. I hope you recover .


  2. Thanks for the warning. Check this out from Sri Isopanisad, text 12:

    These rogues are the most dangerous elements in human society. Because there is no religious government, they escape punishment by the law of the state. They cannot, however, escape the law of the Supreme, who has clearly declared in the Bhagavad-gītā that envious demons in the garb of religious propagandists shall be thrown into the darkest regions of hell (Bhagavad-gītā 16.19–20). Śrī Īśopaniṣad confirms that these pseudo religionists are heading toward the most obnoxious place in the universe after the completion of their spiritual master business, which they conduct simply for sense gratification.

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  3. Thank You for this report.Its very sad!I hope that the truth finally comes out.I hope that more and more people wake up.They shouldn’t believe these false Guru Vishwananda.He only wants that the people believe that he is an Avatar of god.That’s narcissistic.Look how he is decorated.NO true Master would do that.His biographie is full of lies.
    He only makes a big show.And manipulates the people.They are really brainwashed.They fall into his trap.
    He is NO real Sri Vaishnava Acharya. Also thats a Sri Vaisnavam /spotting fake Acharyas.


  4. What Vishwananda makes is sexual abuse.He abuses his power as a “Guru”. Many false Gurus have done this..And what Vishwananda and Bhakti Marga does
    is also spiritual abuse !


  5. Hi –

    Thanks for putting this out there to warn others. Someone contacted me a while back and asked for my opinion on Vishwananda. I’ve posted my info and a video here:

    His system is a demonic Reptilian system, set up to lure people into a dark trap. You’re not actually so much victims as you are Systembusters. You got him into spiritual contract — and now you have more rights to him and his system than he has to you. You are all key agents in helping take down this Reptilian system. So thank you for what you have gone through to do this.

    More info about spiritual contracts here:



  6. Hi there Miles Witt. My name is Ben Wilton and I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor. I am writing to you as I have a couple who were my clients that are implicated in this movement. I am concerned as their wife is pregnant, before marriage, encouraged to do so by the vile snake Swami Visvananda. The child will be a boy as shown by the hospital scans. I had a duty to report this to social services by child protection and vulnerable person law, but it is hard to get them to take it seriously. I live in London.

    If you could contact me on about this, anything you reveal will be kept in confidence and presented anonymously unless you wish for your name to be given.

    I greatly appreciate your braveness on this matter.


    1. Hey Ben,

      There are a lot of things going on in Bhakti Marga that are not good. It is a cult excluded from society that everybody turns their shoulder to. Good luck with getting any governmental services that will take you seriously.

      Stay in touch,



  7. Wow Marc. This is insane. You have no idea how much this means. There have been others to come forward to me about the same thing, but not like this. Thank you for your comment. I would love to set up a time to talk and catch up man. This is a crazy story and how you being able to stay there is dependent on your willingness to do sexual favors. Man, I am sorry this happened to you. It’s insane thinking back and wondering why you had to leave out of no where. Then hearing this— yikes. This makes a lot more sense. What happened to you is not your fault. I’m sorry that you even had to go through what you did, but you got out a lot better than most. I’m happy you have gotten out and now seem to be thinking a lot more clear.

    Hope you are doing well, my friend.

    Let’s talk soon. My schedule is pretty busy, but I would love to set up a time to connect.

    Stay safe my friend,



  8. Hello miles. Interesting story. I’m so confused. I received the Shakti Bat, atma kriya yoga course today. The whole weekend was so enlightening for me. My friends who are devotees brought me to this.
    As an ex mormon I’m really not interested in another religion of course. But I am very curious about the claim that vishwananda might be an incarnation of the Devine. Hmm, well after all I’ve read now, I would never leave my sons alone with him of course. I still can’t believe it. I’d love to talk to you. Please contact me. Sincerely, Elisa


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